Pushing the sound of a roaring engine into the cabin of a car is very slowly becoming more and more popular in new performance cars. Cars like the BMW i8, Kia Stinger, and even hot hatches like the Megane RS produces these synthetic sounds. But now, Chevrolet has gone and done the unspeakable.
According to Matt Farrah of The Smoking Tire who has had the chance to drive the new mid-engined C8 Corvette, it has a similar system. While he can’t talk about how the car drives due to restrictions from Chevrolet, he is allowed to discuss specification, with this falling under that.
The new Corvette has fake engine noise from the speakers. This is not a driving impression, it is a specification fact, so I can say it. https://t.co/Q5orkIYDSa
— Matt “Vaccine” Farah (@TheSmokingTire) October 3, 2019
“The new Corvette has fake engine noise from the speakers. This is not a driving impression, it is a specification fact, so I can say it,” he says in answer to a question from an interested follower.
This, as we expected, was met with a wall of criticism with replies from disappointed fans of the car.
Fake engine sound is to cars what autotune is to music, except some autotune is cool.
— Brian Siskind (@thosedrones) October 3, 2019
One fan brings up a very good point:
Fake engine noise is defensible on some electric vehicles for pedestrian safety, but outside of that specific use case it's pretty damn tacky.
— PJ Doland (@pjdoland) October 3, 2019
Why does Chevrolet feel the need to push fake noise into the cabin when there’s a 495bhp V8 directly behind your ears. Of course, more efficient sound and heat insulation is being used in modern cars, but does this warrant this reaction? Surely it can’t be that effective at full pelt and a window down?
Matt isn’t able to tell us if you can turn this feature off – he was merely there for a test drive and was pressed for time – there are far more important things to be thinking about in that situation.
Not sure, didn’t try with C8. In the two cases where I have disabled it, I re-enabled almost immediately. The experience was just better with it on even if it was artificial. https://t.co/nqs0h7CtpK
— Matt Farah (@TheSmokingTire) October 3, 2019
We’ll see what it’s like when more news is revealed, then make our final decision on this opinion inducing feature.